External Reviews for Illumination Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Quintessa
Winemaker Notes - Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Quintessa and vineyards in the cool southern hillsides of Napa Valley were hand harvested and whole-cluster pressed. The wines were fermented with native and cultured yeasts in several different vessels. French oak barrels (10% new) contribute body and a round mouthfeel, egg-shaped concrete fermenters add rich texture with aromatic purity, and stainless steel tanks provide fresh unadulterated aromatics. Semillon provides texture and roundness on the palate to complement the vibrant, tangy Sauvignon Blanc. Lees stirring in tank and barrel lends additional complexity.